The RBOCs were granted authority to provide intraLATA
calling while long-distance (interexchange) companies were granted authority to provide interLATA telecommunications.
(16) These include local exchange access, local network transport and usage, intraLATA
toll, and local ("loop") distribution.
The states have traditionally required telephone companies to price local service below cost, with the difference made up from above-cost pricing on other services, including intraLATA
(24) "Slamming" is the illegal practice of changing a consumer's telephone service, whether local, intralata
service, or interlata service (including state to state, in state and international long distance), without permission.
Imputation of Access Charges--A Prerequisite for Effective IntraLATA
The second observation concerns the fact that the incumbent firm competes against facilities-based providers in other markets (e.g., intraLATA
toll and special access) where its incentives are probably to establish as low a price floor as possible.
With its headquarters in Atlanta, BellSouth serves more than 23 million local telephone lines and provides local exchange and intraLATA
long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
The newly emerging competition in the intraLATA
(Local Access and Transport Areas) toll market is now placing as much as 12% of the LEC revenue stream at risk.
In last month's column we talked about intraLATA
toll services, a new frontier for carriers and users alike.
Authorized resellers also can capture intraLATA
(Local Access and Transport Area) traffic, those costly not-so-long-distance calls that the local phone company picks up otherwise.
The local telephone submarkets includes local telephone services, intralata
toll, and access.